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HIV Prevention Cuts Medical Costs

Averting a single infection could save up to $338,000 over a lifetime.

Published
27 February 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
US PEPFAR abstinence and faithfulness funding had no impact on sexual behaviour in Africa

Nearly US$1.3 billion spent on US-funded programmes to promote abstinence and faithfulness in sub-Saharan Africa had no significant impact on sexual behaviour in 14 countries in sub-Saharan

Published
26 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV pill: The logic of paying £500 a month so gay men don't have to wear condoms

At a time when the NHS is under immense financial strain – some might say bankrupt – it may seem odd to suggest that the health service pay nearly £500 a month for a gay man to take a daily pill so that he doesn’t have to wear a condom. However, the scientists behind this clinical trial believe that a policy of offering daily drugs aimed at curbing new HIV infections within certain high-risk groups of men who have sex with men may actually save the NHS money in the long term.

Published
26 February 2015
From
The Independent
Combining PrEP and ART could almost eliminate HIV infection, east African study finds

Giving both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to heterosexual couples where one partner has HIV (serodiscordant couples) can almost eliminate the chance of infection in the

Published
26 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
CDC Statement on IPERGAY Trial of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex with Men

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today welcomed the news of the successful findings of the PROUD and Ipergay studies but expressed caution on interpreting Ipergay's results. CDC's director of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD & TB prevention said: "Since available data suggest that men in this study were taking PrEP an average of three to four days per week, CDC cautions that researchers do not yet know if this regimen will work among MSM who have sex less frequently and would therefore be taking PrEP less often." The CDC , he added, "continues to recommend only daily use of PrEP, as approved by the FDA." However he noted that "the IPERGAY findings combined with other recent research suggests that even with less than perfect daily adherence, PrEP may still offer substantial protection if taken consistently."

Published
25 February 2015
From
CDC (US)
HIV and LGTB NGOs and other concerned actors across Europe call for futher action on pre-exposure prophylaxis

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), Europe’s network of HIV activists, and  AIDES, a leading French NGO in the fight against AIDS and viral hepatitis, backed by 81 European HIV LGBT civil society organisations and concerned actors, issued an urgent HIV Prevention Manifesto today. We demand that pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP) is made available as soon as possible within the European Union, and that Gilead, the company that makes the PrEP medicine Truvada®, submits an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for a change of indication so that its use to prevent HIV can be approved.

Published
25 February 2015
From
EATG
'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'

Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say UK Medical Research Council and Public Health England scientists. Their study, on 545 high-risk men, found one case of HIV could be stopped for every 13 men treated for a year. The research team says it would be similar to the pill for women and would not encourage risky sex. The findings have been described as a "game changer" and the NHS is considering how to adopt them.

Published
25 February 2015
From
BBC News
Pre-exposure prophylaxis also stops 86% of HIV infections in Ipergay study

A French and Canadian study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) presented today at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, found that

Published
24 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) stops 86% of HIV infections in PROUD study

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the English PROUD study, demonstrated the highest effectiveness yet seen for this method of HIV prevention, the Conference on Retroviruses and

Published
24 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Local spending on HIV prevention in England plunges to 70p per person, per year

HIV prevention in England is underfunded and deprioritised, says the National AIDS Trust (NAT). Whereas £55 million was allocated to local activities in 2001-02, the figure for

Published
24 February 2015
By
Roger Pebody
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